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Govt to declare drought-hit areas in November : Chief Secy

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droughtBhubaneswar: The Odisha government will declare drought-affected areas of the state in the month of November, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi after a drought review meeting on Thursday.

“We have asked the district collectors to submit drought report by October 22, following which drought-hit areas in the state would be declared after October 31,” Padhi said.

As per the reports of the collectors, the drought-hit areas would be identified, he added saying as many as 98 blocks in several districts of the state like Nuapada, Bolangir, and Bargarh are worst hit.

A team led by Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi is already on a visit to western Odisha to review the drought situation in the districts, sources said.

The team will submit a report to the respective district collectors by October 15. It will also submit a detailed report to the State government by October end, informed sources.